Michaelmas daisies (asters) are a stalwart of late-summer and autumn borders, flowering from August through to October. There's a Michaelmas daisy to suit every garden – they come in shades of white, blue, purple and pink.


Michaelmas daisies look great in cottage gardens but also work in more contemporary schemes – they associate well with ornamental grasses. They're extremely popular with bees and butterflies, too.

How to grow Michaelmas daisies

Grow Michaelmas daisies in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Cut back after flowering.

We've picked our favourite Michaelmas daisies to grow, below.


Aster tongolensis 'Beggarten'

Mauve Michaelmas daisy 'Beggarten'

Unlike many of its taller cousins, Aster tongolensis 'Beggarten' is compact and clump-forming, ideal for the front of a border. It starts flowering in midsummer and will continue until the first frosts.

Height x Spread: 40cm x 60cm


Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Tonga' ('Dasfour') (Island Series)

Bright-purple Michaelmas daisy 'Tonga'

'Tonga' is one of the 'Island Series' of Michaelmas daisy – a range compact varieties that look good at the front of a border, or in a container.

H x S: 45cm x 30cm


Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Samoa' ('Dasthree') (Island Series)

Purple Michaelmas daisy 'Samoa'

Another of the compact Island Series, 'Samoa' has purple flowers with bright yellow centres.

H x S: 60cm x 30cm


Symphyotrichum 'Little Carlow'

Violet-blue flower of Symphyotrichum 'Little Carlow'

'Little Carlow' is very popular, and deservedly so. It bears masses of vibrant, violet-blue flowers over a long period and is resistant to powdery mildew. Reaching around 90cm tall, it's ideal for the middle of a border.

H x S: 90cm x 45cm


Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Lady in Blue'

Pale-purple blooms of Michaelmas daisy 'Lady in Blue'

Another compact variety, 'Lady in Blue' is ideal for the front of a border, where it will flower for weeks.

H x S: 50cm x 50cm


Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Chatterbox'

Pale-pink Michaelmas daisy 'Chatterbox'

This bushy clump-former is another compact variety and is an unusual powder pink.

H x S: 50cm x 50cm


Eurybia x herveyi

A mass of pale-purple flowers of Michaelmas daisy Eurybia x herveyi

Previously known as Aster macrophyllus 'Twilight' or Aster herveyi, Eurybia x herveyi is a popular choice as it's resistant to mildew, which can be a problem on some varieties in damp summers. It has a profusion of flowers in late summer.

H x S: 1m x 50cm


Symphyotrichum laeve 'Calliope'

Symphyotrichum laeve 'Calliope'
Small purple flowers on black stems of Symphyotrichum 'Calliope'

Formerly known as Aster laevis 'Calliope', this statuesque aster reaches almost 2m tall, making it a plant for the back of a border. The eye-catching black stems give it a contemporary look.

H x S: 1.5m x 50cm


Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Algar's Pride'

Large, lavender-blue flowers of Michaelmas daisy 'Algar's Pride'

'Algar's Pride' is a striking plant that has large single lavender-blue flowers. It usually flowers late in the season. It's a tall variety (around 150cm tall) and is best for the back of the border.

H x S: 1.5m x 60cm


Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Royal Ruby'

Deep-pink blooms of Michaelmas daisy 'Royal Ruby'

The slender stems of 'Royal Ruby' are topped with maroon, almost red flowers with yellow centres. This compact variety is a vibrant choice for the front of a border or a container.

H x S: 50cm x 50cm


Symphyotrichum 'Coombe Fishacre'

Pink blooms of Michaelmas daisy 'Coombe Fishacre'

'Coombe Fishacre' has dark green foliage and sprays of small lilac-pink daisies. They have unusual brown-pink centres. It’s a medium size, reaching between 50cm to 1m tall.

H x S: 90cm x 50cm


Symphyotrichum 'Ochtendgloren' (pilosum var pringlei hybrid)

Lilac-blue blooms of Symphyotrichum 'Ochtendgloren'

Previously known as Aster 'Ochtendgloren' (pringlei hybrid), this tall aster, which reaches around 1.4m high, is a pretty choice for the back of a border.


H x S: 1.5m x 50cm